Happy Thursday, friends. I took a bit of break from blogging yesterday because I had been staring at a computer screen all. day. long. I decided I needed to get up and out instead of spending more time in front of a computer screen. Balance – right? This week has flown by, and I honestly can’t believe it’s Thursday. I spent two hours with my tennis instructor last night, and it was the perfect remedy to all that time spent in front of my screen. We are learning how to serve, folks. I have a random post today. It includes a chia seed pudding recipe and some 1/2 marathon talk.
This is how I’m starting my Thursday morning off. It’s not pretty, but it’s delicious. I’ve also been mixing my greek yogurt routine up with some chia seed “pudding” in the mornings.
Chia Seed Pudding
So, here’s a little chia seed pudding recipe for you. It’s so delicious (and healthy). I was inspired by none other than Bethenny Frankel’s Instagram stories. Any other Real Housewives of New York fans out there? She was drinking chia seeds in water. Which honestly – sounded less than fantastic. I decided to make a tried and true chia seed pudding recipe that I could swap for my Greek yogurt in the mornings. I’m not a big breakfast eater, but I do like to have a little something. This is literally the easiest recipe ever.
- 1/4 cup of chia seeds
- 1/4 cup of coconut milk
- Dash of cinnamon
- Toppings of your choice (I have used fresh blueberries, fresh blackberries, raspberries, frozen cherries and granola)
- Dump your chia seeds into a sealable container (because this will need to sit in the fridge for several hours – or overnight).
- Add in your coconut milk and milk together until all of the chia seeds are combined.
- Add in your cinnamon and mix together.
- Seal and refrigerate. I just leave mine in there overnight, but it would also be ready after about 2 hours.
When you are ready to eat, you can top with your favorite topping. I’ve been loving my Autumn’s Gold granola with some frozen cherries. So good.
Nashville Half Marathon
I’m trying to incorporate some new and better ways to fuel my body this year. Aaron and I decided to run a 1/2 marathon this year. At some point. Well, last week, we were sitting down, and we decided to sign up for the Nashville Rock and Roll 1/2 marathon in April. It’s been a hot second since I’ve run a half, so I’m not exactly trained for distance right now. And, because I have a history of migraines (which can tend to brought on by extreme amounts of exercise at times), I really have to be mindful of how I fuel my body during long runs.
For me, running is half the battle – and fueling and hydrating properly is really the other half of it. I’ll plan to talk a little bit more in detail about the things and products that I’ve found that have helped me run a full marathon – and multiple half marathons. But, I’m a big believer that all food groups play such a major role in optimizing race day performance.
Training is kind of underway as we speak. I’ll be incorporating strength workouts, which also play a big role in helping me run my best, along with some Peloton Tread workouts – and of course, those long runs outside! I can’t wait for April, and I’m excited to take you along for the journey.
And, in completely unrelated news, I’m still putting a few finishing touches on this house. It’s my goal to call an insulation guy to come out to the house before this week so he can reinsulate our attic before we have any freezes. But, with all of the big projects under our belt, I’m buying those finishing touches that make a house a home. Our kitchen is pretty white. We have white brick surrounding our stove and ovens, and we’ve got white cabinets.
To break up the white, I’ve been in search of some colorful artwork for a wall on the back side of our dining area. I’ve almost clicked “purchase” on several items over the last few months, but I’ve never really made up my mind. Until I discovered Hapi Art. They specialize in colorful, statement pieces, which is exactly what I needed. I ordered a piece from the “What We Leave Behind” collection, and I can’t wait for it to arrive.